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BBC1…Katie Hopkins from Apprentice to Professional “wind-up merchant”

11 Jan

Is Katie Hopkins building a career out of being objectionable?

Katie Hopkins first came to the nation’s conscience as a contestant on the reality TV show “The Apprentice”, even way back then in 2007 her talent for causing raised eyebrows and tut-tutting amongst the chattering classes was quickly established. She famously said of fellow contestant Kristina Grimes – “Kristina is quite frankly too orange to be taken seriously” and of another contestant Adam Hoskins who she claimed over indulged in the odd glass of red wine – “When your best friends are Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio, you want to watch it.”

She didn’t win the Apprentice, in her words turning down the Sir Alan Sugar’s offer, although it was extremely unlikely she ever stood a chance. Rather being a dampener on any ambitions she had, failing to win turned out to be the beginning of her rise to some sort of fame.

Along the way she appeared in “I Am A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, castigated people for naming their children after places, even though she has a child named India, was outspoken on how ‘soft’ mothers have left us a nation full of obese children, and openly expressed a distaste for ginger-haired children.

Her love of the controversial has meant she has found a niche in the media as the go-to person when you need someone controversial on social issues. Not content with that she is increasingly branching out with her controversial opinions into the world of politics.

She brought her particular brand of rabble rousing to BBC’s topical news programme – This Week. Incensed by what she had seen earlier this week on the Channel 4 programme – Benefit Street – she came to do battle with Labour MP and regular pundit on the show, Dianne Abbot.

Despite Dianne’s patient attempts to explain to Katie that the bulk of welfare payments are made to pensioners and people who are in work, Katie, not one to have her prepared rant swayed by statistics and considered detailed, ploughed on. She ensured that she used the right words guaranteed to wind up middle England, peppering her ill thought position with repeated mentions of “scroungers”, “skivvers” and “work-shy”, tried to bait Dianne by being particularly obnoxious and rounding it of with a ridiculous anecdote on how on a recent cruise she took half of the people boasted about how they were claiming benefits.

Just the sort of controversy that producers of bland late night political shows love.

The Apprentice its back as brash and as narcissistic as ever – BBC1

7 May

Sometimes when I watch the Apprentice I think it is a mix of Big Brother and a specialist holiday programme that takes you on a tour of business parks, warehouses and retail spots of London.

Every year the bitchiness starts earlier and earlier. We have got a new series and already one of the boys Neil Clough stands out as the man who seems best able to combine all round bitchiness with the now mandatory “how good am I” look. As smug as he was, he clearly was not stupid enough to volunteer to be the first project manager, always a poisoned chalice.

That “honour” fell to a Jaz Ampaw-Far  on the girl’s team and Jason Leech on the boy’s side. First week is difficult to tell who is who, as it is largely just a random collection of faces. The lesson is clear at time like this with no credit to your name never, never put your hand up to be Project Manager, there is only a downside. You win, no one remembers by week seven because it is so long ago. You lose, you’re toast. Have you people not watched the programme!!!

Sadly for Jaz that is just what she did and months from now people will pass by her at Supermarket thinking I know her from somewhere, but just would never be able to put their finger on it.

For the rest of us we watch to see if the this series will give us an apprentice legend like Stuart “The Brand” Baggs, Raef Bjayou (my all time favourite), Tre Azam or Katie Hopkins.